I would like to take this time to greet everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Yaay!
It has been a while since I last posted in this blog and it is primarily because of a commitment I made that I will not post again until I have “myowndomain.com” site. The commitment was made because I was coerced to believe that having my own site was as easy as clicking the mouse, drag and drop something here and there but as you might have guessed it takes more than that. Aside from that there is also the issue of choosing between continuing with a site themed exactly as this one or starting a rather different kind of website. Anyway I think I have moved past all these stuffs and soon I will have my site up and running.
At the moment I am busy with some research and learning certain skills needed to set-up and maintain my own domain. Ultimately I am happy with what I have been up to recently and I will be moving to another domain in the next few months. Most of my posts here will be transferred but I will provide links pointing to the new site.
Wish me luck!
Often it is a wonder how parents can understand kids who seemingly speak a totally different language or a tweak of the original mother tongue. Let me share some of my son’s personal slang!
Igannnyan mo – this word is used to denote anything he would like you to do and is always paired with a demonstration of all sort and a tantrum if you don’t get it the first time. (Standard meaning – do it this way)
Ex. Igannnyan mo nga this one. Nooooooo! Like this o…Igannnnnyannn mo! Waaaaaaah… Need I say more?
Kanina – Anytime in the past (Standard meaning – a while ago)
Ex. Just like kanina sa house natin na may stairs. (“Just like a while ago in our house which has stairs”. There is actually nothing wrong with it except that we stayed in that house 2 years ago!)
Kutsilya – A tool used to slice food. (Standard meaning – knife)
Ex. Daddy wala akong kutsilya pa’no ako mag-eat? (“Daddy I don’t have a knife how am I going to eat?”. We were eating noodles!)
Favorite ko ito – any delectable cuisine usually eaten in a cozy restaurant most of the time is fish and chips with lots and lots of sour cream eaten with a Kutsilya. (Standard Meaning: This is my favorite). The same food served at home or served without a Kutsilya does not qualify.
Ex. Jacob in Fish & Co. holding a Kutsilya: Hmmm favorite ko ito!
Jacob in Jack’s Place holding a Kutsilya: Wooow….favorite ko ito!
Jacob in a hawker centre served with fish n chips without a Kutsilya: Ano ito???? (What the heck is this???)
I always thought kids are witty in their own ways. They say things which take you aback, amaze you with their logic or utterly slam your attitude right into your face. I bet your kids have their personal slangs too!
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Last month I went to Batam, Indonesia with my family for our first ever family out of town together. We had a 2D1N stay in Harmoni One (Hotel and Service Apartments). Though our stay was brief to give a comprehensive review, I will still spill out my mind. After all, first impression lasts they say.
- The place is elegantly designed inside out and “elegant”, I believe is the perfect adjective for Harmoni one Hotel and Service Apartments. The swimming pool area makes you feel like you are not in Indonesia but somewhere in the mid-east or Europe maybe.
- They have very friendly and polite crew which is what guests always want.
- Very efficient service. Check-in and check-out was brief!
- Really Cosy place! With a lot of rooms to cater for functions or seminars.
- Great value for money! A 4-star hotel of this calibre is expected to charge more.
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- Tobacco Stench everywhere including their restaurants! This decreases the relaxing factor because at times and at certain areas it is difficult to breath. When we entered our room which looked freshly done, still the smell of burned tobacco was there. This is one huge smoking area!
- I love their crew and I saw how hard they worked but during the wee hours they were still noisily carrying out their work. I heard shouts and bangs even at dawn.
- The food! A place as elegant as this should have a matching delectable cuisine!
All in all Harmoni One is a great place to stay! I would recommend this place to my friends…in fact, many of them booked the same tour and stayed in the same hotel and all of them gave the same impression of elegance!
Rating? 4 out of a scale of 5. Minus 1 for the food :P.
Yes you read it right this was officially our first family out of town vacation with no other agenda but to spend time together. Me and my wife spent time checking deals in the internet and in the end we booked a 2D1N batam getaway offered by deal.com.sg. It was short but it was fun and relaxing.
We took a ferry to Batam and were surprised that there was a complimentary guided tour (by BEST of Tour) included in our package although it was not that interesting 😦 (I am sad to say that). We visited a layered cake factory (or bakery) and got to taste freshly baked layered cakes. The cakes were good but the tour guide did not deliver her promise that we will get to watch them make the cake instead I got to see them slice the cakes! At least that part I saw 😛
Included in our package was a 5-course seafood lunch. We had our lunch at the Golden Prawn 933 restaurant. The food was fine though it’s not the best seafood lunch I had or maybe my expectation was up because of the “5-course” description. I have this notion that an “X-course” meal means fine dining with excellent service so I would rather call it a 5-dish lunch hehehe… My son did not like much of the food but me and my wife were hungry so we dug in!
We toured around for a few more hours in souvenir shops then to a shopping mall. Imagine my boredom…but my wife and the other 4 tourists travelling with us seemed excited. Once at the Batam City Square mall, me, and my son separated from the shopping crowd to a game arcade. I was expecting an enjoyable time but the place smelled bad because most of the people there were adults and smokers! Me and my son had to withdraw to a play pen which I’m sure he enjoyed a lot!
After an hour in the mall we were taken to the Hotel (FINALLY!!!). Harmoni One (Convention Hotel & Service Apartments) has an elegantly designed Façade which awed all of us as we entered the driveway. The lobby I must say is equally elegant with matching large furnitures and chandeliers (again that stench of burned tobacco). My son’s jaw dropped once in the lobby and was even more ecstatic when we entered our room. He’s got this thing about nice and elegant places that by the time we went home he was crying along the way saying “Ayaw kong umuwi! Ang Panget ng House natin!!!” (Trans. I don’t want to go home! Our house is so ugly!!!). We had a great time at the Jacuzzi and swimming pool! They also have gymn facilities but I did not even have a look because the swimming pool was so inviting.
After dinner we went to our long awaited Javanese Massage! Me and my Wife were actually worried about where to keep our son in holding while having our stress relieving time. Divine intervention had it that our son drowsed off while listening to the soulful songs rendered live at the Lobby Lounge. So we had our 2-hour massage + body scrub undisturbed. The massage was good although painful at times but the body scrub was an indulgence – so relaxing that the masseuse had to wake me up afterwards. You might have guessed just right that I continued snoring once I reached our room 😀
In the following morning we had a great buffet breakfast (although again the food is not the best Batam has to offer) at the Bamboe Café & restaurant just at the hotel lobby. We ordered beef bolognaise via room service before checking out and as expected it was not as good as that of Pasta Mania. Harmoni one I could say is a sight indulgence but lacking in culinary appeal. My overdue review of the Hotel coming up shortly.
We had a great time together as a family and at the moment we are planning for another one which is very soon! Stay tuned for it. Meanwhile, check out our photos…
It’s been a while since my last post. I don’t have any excuse really except that I opted to rest even before I got tired :P. Anyway I will try my best to give an account of what I have been up to these past few days.
Firstly, the next 2 weeks after my last post was quite busy for me at work. I was called back to work during my off days to which I readily said yes because it meant a bigger pay check. At the same time we were busy packing our things because we had to move to another house urgently – I will try to fill in on this in another post. In those 2 weeks, my wife and my son got the chance to hangout with some friends. They had a great time at the Singapore zoo and Jurong bird park – again, post coming up in a moment…hopefully :).
I suddenly realized that I have been to places and I have a lot to write about but in the mean time this short post should warm me up and get me into the writing craze again and of course to let the people who read my blog know that I am not bailing out…not today!
Meanwhile just check out my previous posts starting with the first!